Running with passion: Cross country athletes advance to regionals in San Antonio

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Passion for anything can push an individual to do amazing things, and for Armando Fierro (senior) and Ione Rodriguez (junior), their passion for running is putting Port Isabel on the map. Both 17-year-old athletes will be advancing to regionals in San Antonio this weekend after winning first and 10th …

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College B-ball comes to SPI

By BILL SCHNIER Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Invitational, one of college basketball’s elite Thanksgiving tournaments, has put together another impressive field for the ninth annual tourney scheduled for Nov. 25-26 at the SPI Convention Centre. The SPI invitational annually brings some of the best teams in the country to South Padre …

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Shrimp Cook-off to bring visitors

PRESS Staff Report Welcome to shrimp heaven! The 18th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cookoff, hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, is slated Sunday, Nov. 6. Gates open at 10 a.m. Located in Las Palmas Shopping Center in front of Bealls Department Store on Highway 100, this culinary tradition is expected to be even …

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Sandcastle trail opens on Island

PRESS Staff Report Master Sand Sculptors from as far away as Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada and Florida have been creating semi-permanent sand sculptures all over South Padre Island as part of the Sandcastle Trail initiative. The sculptures feature a variety of themes including Angry Birds, a large pelican, a surfer, a giant floppy-eared stuffed bunny, …

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Longest Causeway Run slated

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the coming of every New Year, people often make promises to themselves to start living healthier. The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce is offering a kick-start into healthier living with the 28th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk. The event is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012. The …

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Improved sales tax figures released

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Sales tax statistics soared to 60.98 percent in Laguna Vista in October, while more modest increases were seen in Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Crediting the new Stripes store for its surge, the Town of Laguna Vista received a payment of $14,480 from the State Comptroller’s office …

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Capital plan up for review

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A three-year capital plan to lead the Town of Laguna Vista into a predetermined pattern of orderly growth and development is up for review and possible adoption here on Nov. 8. The Town Council received copies of the document from City Manager Rolando Vela in mid-October, for review …

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Library News

By MARGE JACOBS Special to the PRESS Sticky Fingers – Also Known as Thievery Three years ago, prior to cataloging the books in the Public Library Reading Room, four books by author Ben Rehder were “taken” by a patron.  They had been in circulation for four months at the time, and were very popular.  This …

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Letter to the Editor

Kids are not mules Dear Editor, This is a call to all the parents of our junior high students. Our students walk around all day loaded down with their backpacks. They may not carry many books, but when you add all the notebooks and paperwork for seven classes, the weight is more than a child …

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‘Machete’ star Danny Trejo sits down with Parade for Q&A

Danny Trejo

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ South Padre Parade paradeeditor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On Friday and Saturday, Danny Trejo was a MexiCAN. The 67-year-old veteran actor, who starred in “Machete” alongside Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez, has developed quite the cult following in his 20-plus year career in Hollywood. But Trejo – who has worked with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro …

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